A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 27, 2021
“Three bass players walk into a bar…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A version involving three bass players and Beethoven’s 9th symphony was posted on Reddit—Jokes on July 4, 2018. The punchline involves baseball.


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Posted by u/BananaVenom July 4, 2018
Three bass players walk into a bar.
They’re actually in the middle of performing Beethoven’s 9th symphony, but there’s a long section near the end where the basses don’t play, so they decide to go to the bar next door and grab a drink.

To know when to come back for the end of the symphony, the bassists tie a string to the conductor’s score a few pages before they start playing again. When he turns the page, it’ll tug on the string and they’ll know to head back to the concert hall.

So the symphony goes on, and pretty soon the conductor realizes he’s in trouble.

It’s the bottom of the ninth, the score is tied, and the basses are loaded.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Thursday, May 27, 2021 • Permalink